Lawyer Requests Summary Judgment in Case Challenging North Dakota’s Gay Marriage Ban

Joshua Newville, the lawyer representing seven gay couples in a challenge to North Dakota's gay marriage ban has filed a motion for summary judgment in the case, the AP reports:

NewvilleIn June, Newville filed the federal lawsuit, which challenges a voter-approved 2004 constitutional amendment banning gay marriage that passed with more than 73 percent of the vote. It claims it violates protections found in the U.S. Constitution, including the 14th Amendment's guarantees of equal protection and due process.

In the memorandum, Newville argues that the plaintiffs are entitled to summary judgment on their constitutional claims.

Newville is also representing plaintiffs in a challenge to South Dakota's gay marriage ban and filed a motion for summary judgment in that case earlier this month.